Oct 8, 2012 11:00am PDT
from a discovery he started researching in 2006. shinya yamanaka conducted his research here and in japan. the president of the institute and other researchers held a video conference with yamanaka who is still in japan this morning. his prize is in medicine and for his discovery that human skin cells can be reprogrammed so they can take on the properties of any other cells of the body. it was kind of difficult to hear yamanaka this morning. he said he was thankful for all the support he's received here. >> i think i'm very lucky because i was able to join them 30 years ago. >> this was a revolution in biology. no one thought it worked this way. that with just turn ag few switches you could create such a profound change in the identity of the cell, and this swept the world. >> reporter: these are pictures given to us by ucsf this morning. the potential benefits, researchers say, include better drug discovery, tailoring of the right medicine to the right patient and improved regenerative medicine, particularly for the heart, the brain, the retina, even diseases like alzheimer'
Oct 8, 2012 5:00am PDT
is shinya yamanaka a native of japan. he and a british researcher won their discovery that mature specialized cells of the body can be reprogrammed to be any kind of cell. the winners have shown that specialized can turn back the developmental clock under certain circumstances and also said the discoveries will provide new tools for scientists around the world. >>> voters in venezuela have given president hugo chavez a new six-year term. he overcame a challenge from a moderate candidate. more than 80% of eligible voters went to the polls and thousands living abroadcast ballots at diplomatic offices including the consulate in new orleans. >>> 5:19. a volunteer recall of all the products by that pharmacy at the center of the deadly meningitis outbreak. new england compounding center says the move is being taken as a precaution because of all the risk of potential contamination. the centers for disease control says there are now more than 90 confirmed cases and seven deaths from a rare form of fungal meningitis linked to steroids from that new england company. >>> police in colorado
Oct 8, 2012 6:00am PDT
prize for medicine this year, shinnia yaum kno -- shinya yamanaka and john gurdon. it is the first nobel prize to be announced this year. the physics award will be announced tuesday, tomorrow. chemistry will be announced wednesday. literature on thursday and then the nobel peace prize on friday. >> brilliant minds at work, love it. it is 6:12. if you're just waking up with us, we want to give you a quick check on the top stories. governor jerry brown signing an emergency order to try to deal with all the rising gas prices. this will make winter blend gasoline available three weeks ahead of schedule. the cheaper gas is less environmentally friendly but should increase the supply enough to hopefully bring those prices down. >>> president obama is in san francisco today for a quick appearance and fund-raiser. he'll be at the bill graham civic auditorium for a dinner and concert tonight. the event is sold out with the most expensive tickets selling for $7500. >>> an a vigil will be held tonight in hercules for a woman who was found dead inside her home friday. police say susie ko was killed
Oct 8, 2012 6:00am PDT
for medicine, shinya yamanaka a native of japan. he and a british researcher won for their discovery that mature specialized cells of the body can be reprogrammed to become any kind of cell. the committee said the winners have shown that specialized can turn back the developmental clock under certain circumstances and it also said the discoveries will provide new tools for scientists around the world. this morning a colleague of the bay area winner explained more about the significance. >>> it's a major breakthrough because it removes many of the ethical issues about the use of human embryonic stem cells and opens a whole host of things to understand human disease using these new stem cells that we couldn't even dream of before. >> the medicine award was the first nobel prize to be announced this year. >>> hugo chavez has won six more years as president of venezuela. the socialist chavez overcame a challenge from a moderate candidate. more than 80% of eligible voters went to the polls and thousands living abroadcast ballots at diplomatic offices including the consulate in new orleans